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Covid-19 News

Aus volunteers for European energy supply

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th January 2022 Australian Resources Minister Keith Pitt has volunteered Australia’s supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to struggling European nations. In a press conference this week, Pitt said that Australia stood “ready to support its friends and allies” as tensions soared in Europe over the conflict in... 

South32 warns of global Covid impacts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2022 Despite a strong December quarter, diversified miner South32 on Monday warned shareholders that labour shortages and freight bottlenecks would impact global operations this year. “We achieved a number of strong production results across our portfolio and realised significantly higher commodity... 

Amec calls for changes to WA border policy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has called on the Western Australian government to develop a plan for reopening the state’s hard borders, after Premier Mark McGowan announced that the opening would be delayed from the February 5 target. While not giving a firm date on... 

WA miners welcome visa incentives

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has welcomed a decision by the federal government to refund the visa application charges for fully vaccinated student and working holiday visa holders. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that the measure was aimed to address current... 

BHP adjusts copper and coal expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 Diversified major BHP has adjusted its full year outlook for metallurgical coal and copper productions as tough conditions continued. The miner on Wednesday reported that full year copper production was trending towards the low end of the guidance range of between 1.59-million and 1.76-million... 

BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Rio reports tough end to the year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto has seen a drop in production across all of its commodities for the full year ending December, and in the last quarter of the year, compared with the previous corresponding period. CEO Jakob Stausholm said that in 2021, Rio continued to experience strong demand for... 

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Thalanga hit by tough quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2022 ASX-listed Red River Resources has reported lower production from its Thalanga operation in Queensland, during the three months to December. The miner on Friday reported that zinc concentrate production had reached 4 697 t during the December quarter, while lead concentrate production reached 1... 

Covid hits New Elk

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th January 2022 Coal miner Allegiance Coal has reported a number of Covid-19 cases at its New Elk mine, in Colorado. The ASX-listed company said that the mine had experienced a rapid number of Covid cases due to the escalation of the Omicron variant across the US. Currently, some 22 of the 53 underground crew... 

Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

Australian exports flourish as project pipeline grows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are forecast to reach A$379-billion in 2021–22 as demand for coal and gas surges in the face of a global energy shortage, the December edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly (REQ) found. The 2021-22 prediction was up from the A$310-billion... 

London copper falls on fears of Sino-US tensions, China inventory glut

By: Reuters     3rd December 2021 London copper eased on Friday, hit by Asian stock markets turning risk averse on concerns over Sino-US ties after ride-hailing giant Didi announced delisting in New York and signs of rising inventories in top consumer China. Three-month copper on the LME was down 0.5% at $9 460.5 a tonne, as of... 

Australian exports surge despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2021 Despite a challenging 12 months, Australia’s resources and energy exports continue to surge, according to the latest trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the ABS’ International Trade in Goods and Services data for October... 

Nedlac to hold emergency meetings on vaccine mandates, access restrictions for unvaccinated

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 The social partners participating in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will hold emergency meetings this week about the institution of workplace vaccine mandates and the imposition of public access restrictions for the unvaccinated amid low vaccine uptake levels, the... 

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Limpopo Health MEC warns of fourth wave as Exxaro Mine records 57 Covid-19 cases in just four days

By: News24Wire      25th November 2021 Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says she is alarmed by the Covid-19 cluster outbreak at Exxaro Mine in Lephalale, where 57 new cases were recorded within four days this week. Of the 57 cases, 18 of them were recorded on Wednesday.  

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More than 300 000 mining sector employees, contractors vaccinated  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2021 South Africa’s mining industry has surpassed the 300 000 milestone for fully and partially vaccinated employees and contractors. As the year draws to a close, the Minerals Council South Africa has urged all unvaccinated employees to get the jab to protect their families and friends at the start... 

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Quality ounces hoisting Harmony into new gold stratosphere  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Harmony Gold, which was a bottom-feeding gold mining company, has been hoisted into a new stratosphere of value and volume by the quality ounces it has acquired. Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s operational update for the three months to the end of September 30 highlights just how... 

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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

South Deep is Gold Fields’ star performer 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2021 Mechanised underground Gauteng gold mine South Deep has been hailed by a solidly performing Gold Fields as its star in the three months to September 30. Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith singled out the 75-year-life West Rand gold mine’s 30%-higher quarter-on-quarter performance when he reported... 

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Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith

AngloGold keeping close watch on inflation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2021 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is keeping a close watch on inflation from which its stocking strategies provided delayed impact in the three months to the end of September, CFO Christine Ramon said on Monday, when the company reported higher costs that reflected a significant reinvestment... 

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Newly appointed AngloGold CEO Alberto Calderon and CFO Christine Ramon

$8.5bn climate package an ‘important first step’ in South Africa’s just transition 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter describes the $8.5-billion (R131-billion) financing package announced at COP26 as “an important first step” in light of the fact that South Africa’s energy transition is expected to require investments of between $30- and $35-billion over the coming 15 years. He says... 

Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter

Glencore reports major ferrochrome production recovery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore expects its full-year 2021 adjusted earnings before interest and tax to exceed the top end of its forecast $2.2-billion to $3.2 billion a year long-term guidance range. A production highlight included 65%-higher attributable ferrochrome production... 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Qld miners urged to get jabbed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2021 The Queensland government the state’s peak mining body has called for resource communities to get vaccinated. Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said getting vaccinated was the best form of protection from Covid-19. 

Sibanye completes $70m investment in ioneer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2021 ASX-listed ioneer has completed a $70-million transaction with Johannesburg- and New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater to advance the Rhyolite Ridge project, in the US. The two companies in September struck the $490-million deal under which Sibanye-Stillwater would acquire 50% interest in... 

Covid delays Kambalda restart - Mincor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2021 First nickel concentrate from the Kambalda operation, in Western Australia, will be delivered to diversified miner BHP’s Nickel West during the second quarter of 2022, ASX-listed Mincor Resources said. Mincor on Thursday said that it had issued Nickel West with a start notice, signifying the... 

Rio adjusts production expectations following tough quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto has seen production declines across its portfolio of commodities during the three months to September, and has adjusted some of its targets for 2021. “It has been another difficult quarter operationally and despite improving versus the prior quarter, we recognise the... 

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Minerals Council plans Vooma vaccination campaign for Oct 18 to 22

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and its members are aligned with the government’s Vooma vaccination drive and will intensify ongoing efforts by launching a focussed campaign from October 18 to 22. The Minerals Council board has set a target of having 80% of the industry’s 450 000 employees... 

Rio's WA workers told to get the jab

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced that vaccinations against the Covid-19 pandemic would be a requirement for its entire Western Australian workforce, including those within offices and other facilities in Perth. The announcement comes as the company opened its vaccination hub at the... 

BHP makes vaccines mandatory in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP on Thursday announced that vaccinations against Covid-19 would be mandatory for all workers and visitors seeking access to its workplaces in Australia. BHP on Thursday said that its workplaces in New South Wales would introduce the controls sooner, considering local risk... 

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Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA miners mandated to get the jab

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 The Western Australian government on Tuesday mandated that fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resource sector would need to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022. The ABC quoted Premier Mark McGowan as saying that the vaccination requirement would apply to FIFO and other workers at mining,... 

WA miners mandated to get the jab

Exxaro partners with Limpopo Health Department to roll out vaccines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2021 Empowered and diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources recently launched an employee and community Covid-19 vaccination drive at its Grootegeluk mine, in Limpopo, successfully vaccinating 650 employees and their next of kin. Exxaro partnered with the Limpopo Department of Health to... 

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Countercyclical Northam growth strategy creates 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The record operational and financial performance of Northam Platinum in the 12 months to June 30 was accompanied by the creation of 2 335 new sustainable jobs, which takes the total generated by the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company well-timed growth strategy from 2015 to 8 232. In... 

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Northam Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum’s headline earnings soar 215%

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The normalised headline earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared by more than 215% to R10.9-billion in what was a record operational and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30. The JSE-listed company stated on Thursday that its earnings before... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

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IDC CEO TP Nchocho

New Mokala manganese mine heading for steady state, solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 With mining now ramping up, the new Mokala manganese mine in the Northern Cape anticipates being at steady state production by the third quarter of 2021. Once that happens, the mine expects to be producing more than one-million tonnes of manganese ore a year, with an opencast life-of-mine of more... 

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The new Mokala manganese mine is in the Northern Cape.

Green 175 MW power for Sibanye-Stillwater platinum group metal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2021 A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa. The total cost of the three project scheme will be in the order of R2.5-billion to R2.8-billion. 

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A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa.

45% of South African mineworkers now vaccinated 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 The mining industry has vaccinated, or partially vaccinated, 203 007 employees and contractors in South Africa – that is about 45% of the workforce. Of that total, 49% have been now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

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